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Nomad Nabina Das

This is the first in a series of blog posts by guest contributor Nabina Das. Born and brought up in Guwahati, Assam, India, Nabina has a novel titled Footprints in the Bajra (Cedar Books, Delhi) and an MFA from Rutgers University. Winner of several writing residencies and national poetry prizes, Nabina’s poem has been included in the Nagaland Secondary Board of Education syllabus. A 2007 Joan Jakobson (Wesleyan) and 2007 Julio Lobo (Lesley) fiction scholar, she has worked in journalism and media for about 10 years, trained in North Indian classical music and folk songs, and performed in radio/TV programs. Nabina lectures in classrooms/workshops, designs brochures and poetry post cards, and blogs at http://nabinadas13.wordpress.com/. She loves reading (never call it teaching) poetry and doing street theater with children.

International Film Festival of Rotterdam

Part II

This is the fourth installment of an ongoing series written for the blog by Peter Rorvik. Peter is the Director of the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, as well as Director of the Durban International Film Festival.

International Film Festival of Rotterdam

Part I
Rotterdam

This is the fourth installment of an ongoing series written for the blog by Peter Rorvik. Peter is the Director of the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, as well as Director of the Durban International Film Festival.

The International Film Festival of Rotterdam (IFFR) is a cool festival. This is not to say it is a hip, little niche festival. Far from it. IFFR is huge, probably the largest cultural event in the Netherlands, attracting attendance of over 274,000. It is different from the other major festivals in Europe such as Cannes, Berlin and Venice, because despite its size and prominence, there is no red carpet here, and the star-driven media frenzy is refreshingly absent. With lots of great films - 550 to choose from - IFFR has a very business-like attitude.

Cynthia Hogue--Full Interview!

UNL faculty member and poet Stacey Waite interviewed Cynthia Hogue for Air Schooner 4. Check out the full (uncut) interview here!

Angry Birds and Semiotics--Who Knew?

This is the first in a series of guest posts by Hali Sofala and Eric Jones on the connections between video games and the literary.

The game is simple. All you do is pull back the bird, loaded gormlessly into a giant slingshot. The strain of the digital sling creaks until you’ve built up a quiet momentum. Then, let go.

The bird smacks into a heavy carton of wood and bricks, hopefully moving through and smashing into a green pea-sized pig that erupts deliciously into a plume of smoke. This is all that the game is. And, to a varying extent, all any video game is: a set of digital parameters voluntarily adhered to for enjoyment. But as those parameters widen, they exert a peculiar influence on the literary landscape.

Nikki Giovanni--full interview!

PS Senior Reader Robert Fuglei interviewed Nikki Giovanni for Air Schooner 4. Here's the uncut version--give it a listen!

Charles Baxter on Politics and Fiction

To accompany Air Schooner's new Super Tuesday podcast focusing on politics and the American literary landscape and featuring interviews with Nikki Giovanni and Cynthia Hogue, PS senior reader Bob Fuglei interviewed Charles Baxter, author of The Feast of Love, Saul and Patsy, and Shadow Play, among many other novels, story collections, and works of criticism and craft commentary. Fuglei and Baxter discuss the influence of figures such as Nixon, Bachmann, and Gingrich on contemporary literary discourse, as well as question of politics and the MFA.*

ZZ Packer on Voice in Fiction

courtesy of Beth Wagoner of the UNL English department

As part of her two week long visit to the UNL campus, acclaimed writer ZZ Packer gave a craft talk yesterday on “Voice in Fiction.” Mobilizing several examples across the literary canon from Huckleberry Finn to White Teeth, Packer discussed what makes a work of fiction “highly voiced” (all fictions have voice, Packer said—the level of transparency of that voice is what differs across novels). Highly-voiced narrators, Packer said, de-familiarize our world, making us “recalibrate our assumptions” garnered from previous narratives. These narratives are inter-textual commentaries of sorts, questioning the prior written word, turning away from the standard truth, and perverting “noble” texts. Packer illuminated the way highly voiced narratives give rise to their own particular truth, moving us away from a strictly craft-based definition of voice and toward a more expansive understanding of the implications of this authorial choice.

Spring 2012 Cover Preview

PS Spring 2012

The Spring 2012 issue of Prairie Schooner will be shipping out soon! Perhaps as soon as next week for subscribers.

This is an especially exciting issue, as it marks the first published edition of the journal composed entirely of material edited by Kwame Dawes, our new Glenna Luschei Editor-in-Chief. The issue includes fiction by Sigrid Nunez and Elizabeth Trundle, poetry by Marilyn Hacker, Stephen Ajay, Eric Weinstein, Maureen Seaton, and James Cihlar, and an essay by Eileen Pollack. We're proud to have these writers on board, along with our other great contributors. The cover itself--"Laundromat" by Lori Nix-- is pretty sweet too!

Final

Thanks to everybody who stopped by our book fair table, or made it to one of the readings and panels in which our people participated. AWP was a lot of fun this year. We're grateful to have the opportunity to meet and reconnect with so many great writers and/or people. Plus, we sold out of journals, which isn't too shabby.

The final dispatch comes from Senior Fiction Reader Wendy Oleson. Here's what Wendy has to say about Saturday's session:

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